It is the bit visitors whiz through intent on getting to the capital and to the "real " Scotland of the Highland mountains and lochs. They don't know what they are missing!
So here is a taster of what I will be featuring throughout April.
It is a landscape of small towns and villages, with the 90 mile River Tweed and it many tributaries criss-crossing the region; through rolling hills, and valleys,such Liddesdale, Teviotdale, Lauderdale, Ettrick and Yarrow - names that roll off the tongue; by forests and moorland across to the rich agricultural land of the east (known as the Merse) and the north sea coast with its small fishing villages and craggy cliffs.
In this predominantly rural area, country pursuits abound - walking, cycling, riding, golf and fishing.
Looking down on the town of Selkirk set amidst the Ettrick Valley.
The River Tweed near Dryburgh wiht a glimpse of the Eildon Hills in the background.
Pride and passion exist in abundance in the Borders - in each town's history and heritage, in the annual Common Riding Festivals, the local rugby teams and fame as the home of Scottish textiles.
This was the Debatable Land fought over by English and Scots for over 300 years to the early 17th century - the land of the Border Reivers, with raids and counter raids by prominent families of Scott, Armstrong, Turnbull, Elliot, Kerr, Pringle and many other distinctive names associated with the area. Their legacy can be seen in the Border Castles and Towers and in the Border Ballads that have passed down the generations.This is also a land that has inspired writers and painters and produced many other Famous Borderers who have made their mark both nationally and internationally.
So join me in April on my A-Z Journey across the Scottish Borders
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